Posts tagged "all wheel drive"

2015 BMW X5 xDrive35i - Coin Lob Into Fountain of Sports Active Ute - Review

2015 BMW X5 xDrive35i: Rejuvenated Luxury Sports Activity Vehicle with "Ute-fullness." <br> <br> Base price has risen to $55,100. Previously optional Technology and Convenience packages are now standard for a net savings of $3300. Price of this well-optioned Mineral White Metallic tester: $70,975 <br>
- – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - - Timeline, Fountain of Active Youth/ Utility: CIRCA 1999: “The Artist Formerly Formerly Known As Prince” prophesized it.  The “Little Blue Pill” [aka Sidenfil, or Viagra]” and the first luxury Sports Activity Vehicle, the... Read more »

DHS - Budget Utes Deserving a 2nd Look - 2014 Jeep Patriot, 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

(TOP): Mid-compact 2014 Jeep Patriot starts at dirt affordable $15,900 (albeit with manual windows and manual transmission)<br> <br> (BOTTOM): compact 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SAV (including standard power windows and 18" alloy wheels) commences at $19,595.<br> <br> Each deserves a 2nd look from budget shoppers.<br>
One “Drive…He Said” reader recently contacted us with the ubiquitous “What is the most affordable new vehicle transportation I can get for my money?” We recommend a Three-Step process of car shopping: A) List of Needs vs. Wants: Our reader “needed”: 1) Low purchase price 2) Above average cargo capacity and load flexibility. 3) Better... Read more »

2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 AWD - Leaps and Bounds Into Act II - Review

Re-birthed 2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8L luxury executive sedan in a "caliente" Pamplona Red. Starting at $38,000, when only rear-wheel driven, this fully loaded all-wheel driven sample runs $52,450.
One fine spring morning, in a valley nestled in America’s Dairyland, but for the eau of cattle generated methane, peacefulness reigned. Then came engine thunder and parting of air, courtesy of an all new luxury executive sedan bolting over the crest of a hill, through a steep corkscrew dip. Quick double-tugs on  the steering wheel... Read more »
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2014 BMW 435i xDrive - Deciphering Luxury Sports Coupe Code - Review, Video

2014 BMW 435i xDrive. A new series designation for the "Father of Modern Luxury Sport Coupes" brings a more purposeful design, greater fuel savings and performance enhancements, starting at $48,300 for the all-wheel drive variant. <br><br> They piled the options on our Alpine White tester bringing the price to $63,725. And that was without the optional Driver's Assistance package.<br>
“Drive…He Said” bids R.I.P. to the BMW “3-Series Coupe,” 1975-2012. What started as the father of modern compact luxury sport coupes, added two more doors, proving driving purity, refinement and practicality could cohabitate. This year starts a new model series numbering scheme at Bayerische Motoren Werke A.G.: Odd-numbers = 4-doors; Even-numbers = 2-doors. Except when... Read more »

2014 Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4x4 - Bella Jeep After the Honeymoon - Review, Video

Jeep brings back the Cherokee moniker for 2014 with this all new compact sports activity vehicle.<br> <br> Base Cherokee Sport models, starting at $23,000, offer plenty of style and versatility. Adding 4x4, mid-level Latitude trim, auto climate control including heated seats, power driver's, and an  8.5" center LCD infotainment display prices the new Cherokee at $29,985.<br>
For 2013 a Year of Italian Culture was celebrated in the United States.  In case you missed them, festivities included performing and visual art events.  The gang at Fabbrici Italiano Automobilli Torino, led by bespectacled Mr. Baggy Sweaters, Sergio Marchionne,  also partied over their union with the remaining new Chrysler Corporation’s stock shares. The marriage... Read more »

2014 Subaru Forester + 2014 Toyota RAV4 AWD - DHS Compact Crossover Comparison

(TOP) 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i is far less the "box" it used to be. Though, the engine remains boxer in layout. Starting at $22,000 with 5-speed manual, a loaded Touring model with optional Eye-Sight Collision Avoidance runs $33,220.<br> <br> (BOTTOM): Swept back front of 2014 Toyota RAV4 makes it RAD4! In XLE AWD trim with Navigation the MSRP is $27,580<br>
What’s not to love about the compact cross-over utility vehicle?  Families are smaller these days. You say Fido is a St. Bernard? He’ll still have some sitting room in compact SUV. Equipped with rear-view cameras they are barely trickier to parallel park than a Smart For Two. Make that TWO Smart For Twos. Have you... Read more »
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2014 Lexus GX460 - Dismissive of Snowfall Records - Review

Starting at $49,000, the three-row, 4-wheel drive 2014 Lexus GX460 luxury SUV can do some fine donuts in the snow.<br>  <br:As if the GX460 weren't already luxurious enough ours was the "Luxury" edition, driving the price to $62,000. <br>
Forty-seven days of snow fall this winter in Chicago. Seventy-four inches of total accumulation. And it ain’t over…YET! The 2014 Lexus GX460 3-row luxury mid Sport Utility Vehicle doesn’t mind it a bit. “Drive…He Said” hit the 4-wheel drive button located below the keyless start button. Flicking the transfer case lever on the center console to... Read more »

2014 Ford Escape Titanium AWD - Parallel Parking Houdini - Video Review

2014 Ford Escape Titanium AWD - Parallel Parking Houdini - Video Review
Each time “Drive…He Said” ventures to Chicago city neighborhoods to satiate the thirst for the unique cultural offerings breathing quickens, collective palms and brows perspire profusely, and hearts nearly palpitate over the limited parking situation. Back-up cameras with passive park assistance are nice and becoming more common. Soon our federal D.O.T. may mandated these in... Read more »

2014 Ford Fusion Titanium AWD - Boost Me, Baby - Review

"Gems" and "Precious Metals" set this 2013 Ford Fusion premium mid-size family sedan apart from "ordinary Fusions."<br>  <br> "Ruby Red Metallic" is a $375 paint option. "Titanium" is the high-zoot edition which tacks on $11,000 to the price of a base Fusion SE.<br>  <br> The $37,000 MSRP of our tester omits only the kitchen sink and an available moon-roof and Driver's Alert. Otherwise virtually every adjustment aboard is power made...and many by voice commands. And there are high-tech drivers aids + conveniences galore. Count among them Active Park Assist, Blind Spot / Cross-Traffic Warning, Intelligent Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Active Park Assist, Automatic High Beams, Intelligent Key, Multi-color ambient illumination, Remote Start, Comfort Keyless Ignition/ Entry, ETC. ETC.<br>
‘Tis the Season for Giving. Over at Ford Motor Co., CEO Alan Mulally owes Chris Hamilton big-time for his transformation of the Ford Fusion / Mondeo. Hamilton ought stuff a stocking hanging over the mantelpiece of Ian Callum, who penned the Aston Martin DB series, a major Fusion donor. But there are Ford Fusions, and... Read more »
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2013 Mini Cooper Paceman S - Pac-Man Spelled With an "E" - Review

The new-for-2013 Mini Cooper Paceman S ALL4. It's for purists who thought jacking up and adding two side-doors to create the near CUV Countryman went too far.<br>  <br> This more intimate of Maxi-sized Mini Coopers starts at $28,900. Options like Steptronic automatic transmission, ALL4 all-wheel drive, xenon headlights, heated leather seats, power folding mirrors, Mini Connected with HDD navigation, 19" wheels, dual pane glass moon-roof, comfort keyless entry, HK premium sound, etc. etc takes this near-luxury compact SAV to the premium price of $39,800.<br>
“Drive…He Said” has found a  new use for Duct Tape: Turning a car into a carnivorous video game character. Pull the tape off the letter “E” and there’s the eighth model in the Mini car brand: The 2013 MINI Cooper Paceman. Excluding the MINI Cooper E [for limited market Electric] and the John Cooper Works... Read more »